Bees are pretty remarkable creatures—and not just because of their pollinating skills. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids shares some un-bee-lievable facts about this buzzing insect.
The Buzz on Bees
1. Life without honeybees:
Many farmers and gardeners would not have a harvest with bees. These busy harvesters transfer pollen from flower to flower, or pollinate, which helps fruits and vegetables to form.
a. The Latin word for “bee” is APIS.
b. Beekeeping is called APICULTURE.
c. A beekeeper is an APIARIST.
d. A collection of beehives is an APIARY.
3. A few things about stings:
a. A worker bee can sting once. It dies soon thereafter.
b. A drone has no stinger.
c. A queen honeybee can sting repeatedly.
4. A healthy beehive can produce 45 to 100 pounds of honey per year—often more than the bees need to survive.
Bee-lieve it or not …
On June 14, 2004, a tractor-trailer overturned on a highway in Bear Trap Canyon, Montana, spilling its load of hundreds of beehives and unleashing some 9 million angry honeybees. Yikes!
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